Disasters are much more common than in past years. Major floods, severe storms, record heat waves, and wildfires dominate headlines these days.
Disasters strike anywhere at any time. You can’t think that these things happen to everyone else. The number of power outages due to weather increased by 67% over the last 20 years. Some of these outages last for days.
You can’t be caught off guard when disaster does strike. A home survival kit is necessary to have on hand to survive the worst power outages.
Read on to learn what you need to have to put your home disaster survival kit together.
Prepare for Several Days
Most power outages last for several hours. However, there are power outages that last for days. You need to be prepared for both.
How long should you prepare for? In the event of an evacuation, you should have at least a three-day supply of goods to last.
Without an evacuation, prepare for two weeks for your home emergency survival kit.
Basic Survival Kit for Home
Let’s start building your home survival kit. Start with a couple of flashlights and plenty of batteries for the light.
You’ll need to have a first aid kit ready to go in case there are injuries from the disaster. See more here about building your kit.
Do you take medications? Have a two-week supply on hand. Don’t forget to change these out regularly because the medication can expire.
Be sure to have plenty of food and water on hand. Keep one gallon of water for each person per day. Food needs to be non-perishable.
In the middle of a disaster, it’s important to stay informed. Don’t waste your phone’s battery, but get a battery-powered radio.
Make sure you have cash in your kit as well. Stores won’t have power, either, and won’t be able to process credit card transactions.
Keep Important Documents Nearby
There are important documents that you’ll need during an emergency. Your driver’s license, social security card, passport, vital records (birth, death, marriage, divorce certificates) are some of them.
Don’t forget about your property paperwork, such as your mortgage or lease information, and insurance policy.
You can keep these documents in your home disaster survival kit. At the very least have copies of these documents.
Have a Kit in Your Car
There might be times when a flash flood emergency happens in your area and you’re on the road. You could be on the road during a sudden snowstorm that leaves you stuck in traffic for hours.
An emergency kit in your car is just as important as having one at home. You’ll want to keep some of the same items in your car.
Have a flashlight, food, can opener, water, warm and dry clothing, and flares or reflective gear.
A Home Survival Kit for Safety
The chances are increasing that you’ll live through a weather-related emergency. It’s more important than ever to be prepared.
You have the basic information required to build a home survival kit. You’ll need this to keep you and your family safe.
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